Absentee voting in June 13 primary

The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in the June 13 primary for Governor and Lieutenant Governor is Saturday June 10 at 5 p.m.

For information on how to vote absentee, call the City of Lexington voter registrar at (540) 462-3706 or the Rockbridge County voter registrar at (540) 463-7203.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Rossi will speak to Rockbridge Dems May 24

Gene Rossi, candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the June 13 Democratic primary, will speak at the next meeting of the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee on Wednesday May 24 at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road.

Everyone is invited. RCDC membership is not required.

A former Federal prosecutor who targeted doctors who over-prescribed pain pills, Gene Rossi spent 27 years in the US Justice Department.  Also a former gubernatorial aide, he now hopes to tackle Virginia’s opioid crisis as the State’s Lieutenant Governor.

The cash bar will open at 5:30 pm; Dinner is at 6:15.  Please RSVP by May 22 for dinner to Jay Clarke at jclarke@ju.edu.  The price for dinner is $20; pay at the door.  Vegetarian meals available on request.  You may attend Gene’s talk without eating dinner, if you wish.  He will begin about 7:00 pm.

Questions?  Contact Jay Clarke at jclarke@ju.edu or 540-261-8861.

Meet candidate Susan Platt May 5

Susan Platt, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor in the June 13 primary, will be in Lexington for a meet-and-greet with area Democrats on Friday May 5 at 5 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of City Hall, 300 East Washington Street.

You can find out more about Susan and her campaign at her website here.

Remembering Tex Benton

Long-time Rockbridge Democrat Elihue P. Benton, better known as Tex, passed away April 17 after a long illness.

A gathering in Tex’s memory will be held on the Mezzanine of the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28. There will no formal service, but anyone wishing to speak may do so. Our condolences to his beloved wife, Joyce.

Tex and Joyce always volunteered to staff the Democratic party booth on the Fourth of July at VMI and at the Community Festival in downtown Lexington in August. They regularly joined the Democratic contingent in the Buena Vista Labor Day parade. He will be missed.

April 27 caucus cancelled

Since only two persons filed for the three allotted delegate positions by the April 22 deadline, the assembled caucus to select delegates from Lexington to the 6th Congressional District Democratic Convention, previously announced for April 27 at 7 p.m., is cancelled.

Senator Warner speaks at W&L on April 13

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., will speak to students from Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute in Lexington on Thursday, April 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Washington and Lee’s Stackhouse Theater.

Warner will be introduced by Rossella Gabriele, a sophomore at W&L who will be interning for the senator this summer. Warner will speak briefly, then will take questions from the audience. The talk and following question-and-answer session are open to public.

Notice of City of Lexington Democratic Caucus

The Lexington Democratic Committee will hold an assembled caucus beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday April 27, 2017, in the meeting room of Lexington City Police Headquarters, 11 Fuller Street, Lexington, for the purpose of electing three delegates to the 6th Congressional District Democratic Convention to be held at 10 a.m., May 20, 2017, at Rockbridge County High School (143 Greenhouse Road, Lexington, VA 24450).

The purposes of the convention shall be:

a. To elect twenty Democratic State Central Committee members.

b. To conduct other business as may properly come before the convention


Any person wishing to seek election as a delegate or alternate must file with Gene Zitver at gzitver@gmail.com or 540-319-1649 no later than 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Doors to the caucuses will open at 6:00 p.m. for check-in.  Any person attending a caucus, before participating in that caucus, shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that he or she is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and is a registered voter in the City of Lexington. Caucus Participation Forms must be filled out at the caucus prior to participating in the caucus. At 7:00 p.m. the doors to the caucuses will be closed and no person may complete a form and participate in the caucus after that time with the exception of those persons in line at 7:00 p.m.

If only one person files for each delegate position, the caucus will be cancelled.  In this event the Chair will publicly announce the cancellation, proclaim the individuals properly filed as the duly nominated delegates, and so advise those individuals.

For further information, please contact Gene Zitver of the Lexington Democratic Committee at gzitver@gmail.com or 540-319-1649.